The Innovation[X] Program provides grants that allow multidisciplinary teams of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to work together to address complex real-world challenges. Faculty may apply for grants of up to $20,000 to facilitate year-long projects. The number of grants to be awarded depends on funding and application levels.
The Innovation[X] Program is an opportunity to engage a broad array of students in a transformative learning project and explore translating research into actions that will have an impact on the community, nation, and the world. Teams must consist of an interdisciplinary set of faculty members and a multidisciplinary team of 10-15 students, including undergraduate, graduate, professional/doctoral, and/or postdocs, from across the university. Proposals should demonstrate a team-based approach to a complex problem and include meaningful deliverables. These may include, but are not limited to, published reports, curated exhibits, workable data sets to motivate further research, marketable goods or services, or impactful solutions to community challenges. Projects may engage external partners such as private companies, government agencies, NGOs, school districts, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
I[X] 23-24 Cycle On Hold
The Innovation[X] Program has been placed on hold for granting funding for faculty proposals for the 2023-2024 academic year. We are no longer able to accept proposals at this time.
We will absolutely continue to promote the efforts of current and past projects, and hope to resume in some new iteration in the future. We will make sure to keep the Texas A&M community informed and aware of any new developments or news about the future of this kind of program with LAUNCH.
For questions, please contact Assistant Director Emily Finbow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Being chosen for the inaugural round of Innovation[X] funding enabled us to take the idea of First Year Eats–that addressing food insecurity would improve student success–and make it a reality. Our pilot this past year involved enthusiastic graduate and undergraduate student teams in gardening, cooking, ingredient stocking, and assessment, and resulted in data showing that First Year Eats made it possible for low-income freshmen to close the first semester grade gap with their peers. This data and the framework we piloted are now part of proposals to improve and expand the program.”